The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the state grid operator, is preparing for a hot summer and reports that it expects to use a variety of resources to meet anticipated electric demand.
ERCOT expects to have nearly 74,000 MW of generation resources available this summer, including nearly 2,000 MW of “mothballed capacity” (capacity that has been taken off-line for an indefinite period of time). That number includes 430 MW that was not available last summer. More wind and solar power resources are adding to this outlook.
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Is a policy analyst consultant for TCAP, a coalition of political subdivisions in Texas that purchase electricity in the deregulated market for their own governmental use. Because energy costs are typically a significant budget item to our members, TCAP is consistently looking for ways to save our members money, through cost-saving contracts, energy efficiency or demand response programs.